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February 12, 2013

By Andre Francisco

State Department Still Without Internal Watchdog



Secretary of State John Kerry speaking at the Kabul embassy Effective oversight requires a strong inspector general, and the State Department leads a group of eight agencies that are without a permanent IG.

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 23, 2013

By Joe Newman

McCaskill: Make Sure We Don't Have Another Benghazi



Sen. McCaskill Sen. Claire McCaskill told reporters she plans to talk to Kerry about embassy security.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 17, 2013

By Andre Francisco

POGO Releases Report on Kabul Embassy Security



Thumbnail of Gun at Kabul Embassy Private guards responsible for protecting what may be the most at-risk U.S. diplomatic mission in the world -- the embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan -- say security weaknesses have left it dangerously vulnerable to attack.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 5, 2012

By Neil Gordon

Government Sues Triple Canopy for Iraq Contract Fraud



Target Practice The federal government joined a whistleblower lawsuit alleging private security contractor Triple Canopy used hundreds of foreign nationals without proper firearms training to guard a U.S. airbase in Iraq.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 19, 2012

By Joe Newman

We've Seen This Before: Video of Drunk Security Contractors



Bonfire in Kabul Security Guard Buidling There are lurid parallels between a new investigation of private security contractors drunk in Kabul and a similar POGO investigation three years ago.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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